Noticed the annoying thing with some of the apps that seem to run absolutely fine on iPod touch but crash inexplicably on your iPhone? Some results have shown that the iPod touch is a better gaming device than the iPhone 3G. This is what Handheld Games Corp’s CEO Thomas Fessler has to say to Toucharcade:
Our first step to increase fps performance was to introduce hardware dependent levels of detail. Where we can easily display two 1500 polygon tennis players with 32 bones each on the iPod touch 2G and maintain fast and fluid game play, the original iPod touch just chokes, and in some instances so do the iPhones. To speed up the touch, we reduced the players to 800 polygons in farther away moments of gameplay, and are now using 1000 polygon models for close ups, bringing the original iPod touch game play performance level close to that of the iPhone 3G. We’ve taken this approach across the board with great results.
According to the game sensitivity (3D rendering, more precisely) these models are ranked in the following descending order, with the second generation iPod touch ranked first “by far”
1. iPod Touch 2nd Generation
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone (original)
4. iPod Touch 1st Generation
Why does this happen? That’s not clear. As far as this particular game, ToouchArcadeTennis () goes, Fessler thinks the slowing down/crashing is a result of the heavy 3-D nature of the game which probably tinkers with the phone’s CPU speed.
Incidentally, iPod touch 2G has a 532MHz processor compared to the 412 MHz processor of its original, first generation brethren.
Do we know why some of the apps crash inexplicably at the most inappropriate times? Let us know what you think.